What the hell was that The Imposter song? It might just have been the worst thing I have ever heard.
Think I'm alright thanks!What??!!! It's absolute genius. I've been listening to it this week and thinking it might just be one of the greatest singles ever made. For maximum effect, play it next to Shipbuilding by Robert Wyatt, also from 1983 and written by EC.
That gives it a bit of context for me, thanks!Pills And Soap is one of the greatest protest political songs. Inspired by the Falklands crisis, and Thatcher seeking re-election in May 1983. Even now it is as relevant as ever, with our Tory friends back in power. It's so minimal, a completely non-Elvis Costello kind of record, but the lyrics are razorsharp and full of brilliant, withering imagery.
He used the alter-ego again in 1984 for Peace In Our Time, complete with Neville Chamberlain on the sleeve.
That gives it a bit of context for me, thanks!
Think I will stick with I'd Rather Jack as my favourite protest song though.
It's just not my cup of tea.Haha, each to their own! I first heard Pills & Soap in 1986, on his Best Of collection "The Man" which I found in Woolworths' bargain bin on casette for about 1.99. It must have been quite a head-turner on release, in amongst the stuff in the Top 20. I love how pared down it is, just a drum machine, a piano and some synths. Given how little of a "singles act" Costello was by the mid-80s, it's strange how well it did.